We are now almost 19 years removed from the game that propelled Kevin Love and Klay Thompson toward NBA stardom – and me to an award winning career as an elementary school teacher.
Of course, I am talking about the District 4 Little League All-Star Championship game between Lake Oswego and Murrayhill in 2001.
The gloves are off at this point. Kevin and Klay have had about a year to respond now, and still nothing. Only crickets. KLAY YOU WERE A NON-FACTOR IN LITTLE LEAGUE DUDE.
The 2019 calendar year has come and gone – providing another opportunity for all three players (Kevin, Klay and myself) to further their baseball careers. So where do we stand – from a purely statistical perspective?
Baseball Statistical Breakdown
The last time we looked at this there was a clear winner – Player 1 dominated every statistical category from 2009-2011 and 2017-2018. Were things similar in 2019?
Across the board Player 1 (me) continued to prove that they are the better athlete and ballplayer through the 2019 season – competing in an incredibly prestigious independent baseball league. Player 2 (Kevin) and Player 3 (Klay) did not even attempt to improve their game – although they do get credit for their consistency.
I hate to toot my own horn – but Kevin and Klay, I’m better than you guys at baseball.
This was a big year for us at Hefty Headlines. 2019 was our first year of existence. What started as a hobby and a tool to make my friends laugh – has remained a hobby and a tool to make my friends laugh.
Some people are in the blog game to make money. I am no exception. I have never been a person to brag about myself, but some accomplishments (16 TD senior year of high school) have to be shared. Hefty Headlines received OVER $1 in advertising revenue in 2019.
Inside the Numbers
We had 5,859 unique visitors to Hefty Headlines – viewing the page a total of 11,756 times. We acquired almost two dozen followers on WordPress and four more than a baker’s dozen followers on Twitter.
Hefty Headlines was surprisingly visited from 62 countries – our most frequent visitors were from the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia and India.
Last week was officially graded as an “ASS” week for NFL on TV in the Portland-Metro Area. Will this final week be any different? Let’s find out.
Merry Christmas – enjoy this low effort blog post. Here are some things to look out for in the games above:
The Packers are jockeying for a first round bye against the Lions.
If the Chiefs beat the Chargers, and the Patriots lose to the Dolphins – the Chiefs get a first round bye.
The Cowboys need to beat the Redskins and have the Eagles lose to the Giants in order to win the NFC East.
The Titans clinch a playoff birth with a win over the Texans. If the Texans win and the Chiefs lose – the Texans move up to the #3 seed.
If the 49ers beat the Seahawks, they secure the #1 seed in the NFC. If the Seahawks win – they win the NFC West. The Seahawks would need the Packers to lose to get a first round bye. If the Saints and the Packers lose they get the #1 seed.
This is a “decent” NFL schedule for the Portland-Metro area this week.
I made a huge mistake last week. I was naive enough to believe that we would actually get the Cowboys-Rams game on TV in the Portland area. Without any heads up – the game was switched to 49ers-Falcons. I really wish FOX had let me know ahead of time, I apologize for the miscue on my end.
Last week was officially graded as an “OK” week for NFL on TV in the Portland-Metro Area. Will this week be any different? Let’s find out.
I am not even going to go into individual game breakdowns this week. This is a prime example of why living in the Seattle Seahawks TV area is trash. The Cowboys and Eagles are playing for the division title Sunday afternoon – yet we get the god damn Seahawks-Cardinals game.
What is the point of flex scheduling for Sunday Night Football if they can’t even get the most important game on the air?
This is an “ASS” NFL schedule for the Portland-Metro area this week.
Many contributors to Hefty Headlines were invited to participate in our poll before the bowls. Every member of the crew participated.
Hefty Headlines Top 10 Poll: Before the Bowls
Our groups seems to agree with the CFP committee with our top four teams. We have them in the same order too. The Oregon Ducks jumped up to #5 after an impressive win over Utah. Wisconsin and Auburn were able to return to our top 10.
Our top three remains untouched, however, Oklahoma now slides in tied with Georgia at #4. Michigan and Minnesota fall out of the top ten this week, they are replaced by the Oregon Ducks and Baylor Bears.
Pre Bowl PickResults
As it stands – Tommy Nuggets is in the lead. Things can change vastly during bowl season, the majority of our pollsters voted to continue to pick for every bowl game. Those picks will come later this week.
Pre-Season: Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson
Week 1: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
Week 2: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 3: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma AND Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 4: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 5: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
Week 6: Jalen Hurts – QB – Oklahoma
Week 7: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 8: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 9: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 10: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 11: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 12: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 13: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 14: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Week 15: Joe Burrow – QB – LSU
Can Tommy Nuggets be caught by Stormin’ Mormon or Chamby during bowl season?
The College Football Playoff Committee had a pretty easy job when they announced the top four teams. It was obvious to everyone that LSU, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma would be involved in some way. The only argument was – who gets the #1 seed. I believe they got the order right. Some – Tommy Nuggets – may cry about this for a while. However, LSU was the clear #1 team in the nation.
Obviously, everyone would love a much larger playoff picture. I decided to take a look at what games we could have if the playoff field were to expand.
To keep things consistent, I used the latest CFP rankings to determine seeding:
Six Team Playoff
A six team playoff looks pretty nice. The top two seeds are rewarded with a bye in the opening round. Every Power 5 conference champion gets in, plus one at large team – Georgia. The one thing I do not like about this is that we could see another LSU-Georgia game.
If Georgia and Oregon were to swap places – this would be the ultimate playoff bracket for me. We would avoid another SEC rematch possibility until the championship game.
As it stands with the current format, teams can play an additional two games. This bracket sets up the possibility of a team playing three postseason games.
Eight Team Playoff
I like the opening round games we get in this bracket. Wisconsin comes in as a solid #8 seed, we would see if LSU is the real deal or if the Big 10 is legit. Clemson would get their first true test of the season against #6 Oregon. Ohio State would likely steamroll #7 Baylor to show how weak the Big 12 was this year.
Twelve Team Playoff
This is where things start to look messy. You have the possibility of teams playing an additional four postseason games with this bracket. We are also looking at a number of possible rematches – with Oregon and Utah immediately playing back-to-back games in the opening round. Georgia would play Auburn for a second time this season. Penn State would set up to play Ohio State again with a win – Florida would have a rematch against LSU with a win.
I would LOVE to watch a playoff like this, but many of the games are looking redundant.
For this to work they would need to have the ability to flex the seeding to avoid conference rematches in the opening round. If we swapped Auburn and Utah – we could get a rematch between Oregon and Auburn, along with an interesting Georgia and Utah game.
Sixteen Team Playoff
We get all of the same opening round games that we would get from the twelve team playoff. Rather than awarding a first round bye to the top four seeds, they would play against the 13th-16th ranked teams in the opening round.
This would buy us an interesting game with #13 Alabama against #4 Oklahoma – a game the Crimson Tide would likely win. #15 Notre Dame at #2 Ohio State would give us a classing matchup in the opening round.
The nice thing about this is, if you focus in on Oklahoma – they would have to prove they are for real against SEC competition before making it to the semifinal.
Thirty-Two Team Playoff
This is ridiculous. The two teams in the national championship would play five postseason games.
As it stands this season – I think the best playoff format would be a six team playoff. You include all of the Power 5 conference champions and one at large team. You also have an opportunity to reward the two best teams with a first round bye.
As we expand the playoff the games get a little redundant – the regular season would lose too much meaning if you make this thing too big.
What do you think the playoff should look like? Are you happy with the four team format, or would you prefer to expand this thing?